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Unlock the Secrets to a Perfectly Comfortable Home: A Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your HVAC System

March 8, 2023 | Blog

Hey there, Northwest Arkansas! We know how wild and wooly the weather can be around here, and having a reliable HVAC system is essential for keeping your home comfortable year-round. At Bud Anderson Home Services, we understand that the complexities and multiple components of your HVAC system can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a quick reference guide that delves deeper into the primary components of your HVAC system, as well as tips for maintaining them to ensure they run efficiently. Our goal is to make understanding and maintaining your HVAC system easy and stress-free. As always, if you need professional HVAC service, feel free to contact the Bud Anderson team to schedule an appointment. Let us help keep your home comfortable no matter the weather!


The furnace is the main component of your heating system, and it’s essential to keep it in good working order to avoid breakdowns and ensure energy efficiency. Have a professional technician inspect your furnace annually, as they can spot problems before they become more significant issues. If you prefer to do some maintenance yourself, you can change the air filters regularly, which can prevent dust from clogging the system and improve indoor air quality. You should also keep the area around the furnace free of debris, such as boxes and tools, to avoid any fire hazards.

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Air Conditioner/Heat Pump

Your air conditioner or heat pump keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and it’s important to keep it running efficiently to reduce your energy bills. Schedule annual maintenance with a professional HVAC technician to check the refrigerant levels, clean the coils, and ensure all components are working correctly. You can also keep the outdoor unit clean and free of debris, such as leaves and branches, which can restrict airflow and cause the system to work harder than it needs to. If you notice any strange sounds or odors, it’s best to call a professional for help.

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The thermostat is the control center for your heating and air conditioning system, and it’s essential to ensure it’s calibrated correctly to avoid any temperature discrepancies. You can do this yourself by checking the temperature against a separate thermometer in your home. If the temperature is off, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for recalibration, or call a professional for help. To maintain your thermostat, replace the batteries annually and ensure it’s not located near any heat sources or in direct sunlight, as this can affect its readings.


Your ductwork carries the heated or cooled air throughout your home, and it’s important to keep it clean to avoid any air quality issues. You can clean the registers yourself with a vacuum cleaner, but it’s best to have a professional like Bud Anderson inspect and clean the ductwork every few years. They can also spot any leaks or damage that may cause a loss of efficiency.

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Air Filters

Air filters are essential for removing contaminants from the air that circulates through your home. Check filters every month and replace them as needed, or more frequently if you have pets or suffer from allergies or asthma. You can usually replace the filters yourself by following the manufacturer’s instructions, but if you’re unsure, professional technicians like the ones at Bud Anderson Home Services will gladly come out and replace them and provide detailed instruction. All you have to do is schedule an appointment online!

Ventilation System

Your ventilation system is crucial for maintaining good indoor air quality by bringing fresh air into your home and removing stale air. Keep the exhaust fans clean and working correctly, and consider installing a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) or energy recovery ventilator (ERV) to improve air quality further.

Living in Northwest Arkansas, we know that our weather can be unpredictable and extreme, and having a functional HVAC system is crucial to keeping our homes comfortable. That’s why it’s important to choose a local HVAC contractor like Bud Anderson Home Services that understands our unique climate and has a vested interest in supporting our community. Our team of skilled technicians is dedicated to providing reliable service and quality workmanship to keep your HVAC system running efficiently, saving you money and providing peace of mind. With Bud Anderson, you can trust that you’re getting the best service from a company that cares about our community.

Understanding the primary components of your heating and air conditioning system and keeping them running efficiently is essential for maintaining a comfortable living environment in your home. By regularly maintaining your HVAC system, you can extend its lifespan and avoid costly repairs. If you do notice any issues with your system, however, it’s best to call a professional like Bud Anderson to diagnose and repair the problem. They have the necessary skills and experience to fix any issues safely and effectively. Remember that regular maintenance can prevent the need for costly repairs and keep your HVAC system operating efficiently for years to come.

Bud Anderson's Shield of Protection!

At Bud Anderson Home Services, we know how important preventive maintenance is to keep your home’s comfort systems running in top condition. We also know how easy it is to forget to schedule your maintenance appointments each year! That's why we offer our Shield of Protection. Let us remember to schedule your annual system maintenance and all you have to do is enjoy priority service, discounts and more!

Why Choose Us?

Peace Of Mind
We will send the name and photo of your technician ahead of time so you feel safe when they arrive in uniform in a company vehicle. We will also be careful in your home by wearing booties and laying mats on the floor.
Upfront Pricing
Our honest pricing will always be reviewed with you before we start any work so that you're aware of exactly what you're agreeing to. We don't sell you what you don't need, and we don't charge surprise fees.
Award Winning Team
Our team has won the 2014 BBB Torch Award for Ethics and the 2018 Best of HomeAdvisor award for providing superior quality service and value to our customers.

What Our Customers Say

Professional Service!

Furnace went out during this ridiculous weather and Bud Anderson was the only place I could get through to. First, they made sure I had another heat source (I did) then they arrived very quickly considering the weather. Problem was solved in a timely fashion and now my wife and kids will be very happy! Very professional service!
David V.

Great Customer Service!

I called other companies; some couldn’t get me in for 2 weeks or never called back. Due to having no power in multiple outlets throughout my home, Bud Anderson was able to schedule me first thing in the morning. I like the text updates, who your Technician will be, as well as they are on their way. Dwayne was professional, knowledgeable, and explained everything. Great Customer Service skills! Thank-you~

Quick Response!

Service call scheduled and completed in a quick manner. Aaron definitely knows heating and air systems and took the time to explain the issues and come up with a maintenance plan in the future. I strongly recommend this company.
Daron S.